Monday 29 September 2014

Let's Talk About Shoes!

Hello, Friends!
Today, I'd like you to meet Rebecca - the last (but certainly not least) member of my Creative Team.

I remember seeing Rebecca's artworks for the first time and thinking to myself that she is a walking definition of creative thinking. And when you add to that an eye for color and a true passion for art - well, that makes just THE perfect member of a Creative Team, right?
Oh, have I mentioned the sparkling personality? :)
So.... get ready to be absolutely amazed!

Hello Everyone,
I am so super excited to be sharing with you all my first project for the Finnabair Creative Team. 

Let's talk about shoes, who doesn't love shoes? Combine craft and shoes and now we have a winning combination. It is no secret, I am a bargain hunter from way back. Constantly I gravitate towards the words 'clearance' and 'special'. It is not always a benefit to be tall with large feet, however when it comes to a clearance rack size 10's are often left needing a loving home. Enter my new $5 pair of flats. 

These shoes were a blank canvas, asking for color and a bit of a spruce up, below you will see a before and after shot. 

As you can see in the below shot, Soft Gloss Gel will give your decoupaged shoes a beautiful lustre. 

Is anyone wondering whether or not these shoes will be ok if they get wet?
To answer, yes they will be fine.  As Soft Gloss Gel is water based it will be permanent after drying and will resist water. However, yes, there is a however.
It is not recommended you go outside in torrential rain or go jumping in puddles (really for the same reason you would not put your varnished furniture outside). Decoupaged shoes should be cleansed with a wet cloth, certainly not washed. 

My YouTube tutorial will show you step by step how to create a pair of arty shoes yourself.

Products Used

Would love to see you all give it a try. Please think twice before throwing out those old shoes, maybe they just need a little upcycling?

I wish you all a very happy and creative day.

~ Rebecca ~

Anyone who'd like to see more of Rebecca's creativity - head over to her blog for some truly beautiful art. You can also follow her art adventures on facebook.

Saturday 27 September 2014

There Was Once an Old Woman...

Hello, everyone!
I hope you're having a wonderful creative weekend!
Today I'd  like to share with you a spread that I created in my friend's round robin art journal.

We were asked to create around the birds theme. It took me some time to figure out what I would do and initially, my concept was totally different. But a couple of days ago, I came across this text about an old woman and... this collage simply happened. :)

I also decided to experiment with some new stencils and Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays and I had enormous fun in the process!

The colors I used are: Moon Shadow Mist - Golden Doubloons, Van Dyke Sepia and Starburst - Time Travel Teal. Plus a touch of watercolor pencils and accents with a very soft black pencil and a Sharpie.

Supplies from Mixed Media Place:

As you probably know, I love being a storyteller and this is one of the reasons why I enjoy making collages so much.
And how would you finish the story about an old woman...? :)

Have a great weekend!

Friday 26 September 2014

Close To My Heart

Hello, everyone!
Are you ready to meet another member of my Creative Team? :)
Introducing a super talented and really lovely person:

I think it's absolutely amazing that Elena is able to use so many mediums, create all these amazing layers and yet she manages to make artworks that are so very delicate, graceful and very poetic! Just see for yourselves...

Hello, dear friends! I am very happy and excited to show you my first project as a part of Finnabair Creative Team!

I live with my wonderful husband and our three beautiful daughters in the city of Mytischi of the Moscow region.
Ever since my childhood I have liked to draw, but 5 years ago I discovered scrapbooking and I must tell you that I'm really passionate about it!

I'm especially attracted to paints, various pastes and stamps. The art journal spread I'd like to show you today is all about my favorite mediums and one more special thing - an old photo. How much I love these... And this particular photo is very close to my heart as this is me as a baby with my mother.

It was a sheer pleasure working with Finnabair's products! The perfect inspiration comes the very moment you take all these pastes and papers in hand! You simply HAVE TO create something. :) What a huge flight for the imagination!

All the products are of faultless quality but I completely fell in love with Soft Matte Gel! I really recommend it if you want to achieve some great effects!

Everyone who is familiar with my works knows that I adore stamps! And Book clear stamp became one of my favorites.
I also had a lot of fun with "Ads" Black Resist Canvas  - this product gives so many possibilities to create so much beauty!

You can see the whole process of creating these pages in the video tutorial below:


I hope you enjoy my project!

Materials used:

If you feel like becoming a fan of Elena's art, make sure to leave a sweet comment on her blog, become friends on facebook.
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